Work on the project began more than a year ago when it was established in Croatia VisitUSA Croatia. VisitUSA Croatia is an advisory board that works to promote travel to the United States. This weekend, VUSA Croatia organized a B2B workshop for tour operators, travel agencies, airlines and the media interested in organizing trips to the United States or promoting US destinations as part of the PLACE2GO tourism fair in Arena Zagreb. Cover photo: Pixabay.com, Illustration: HrTurizam.hr Workshop partners VUSA Croatia, from left: Ivo and Tanja Pilat owners of MONDO TRAVEL, US Ambassador to Croatia – W. Robert Kohorst, President of VisitUSA Croatia – Goran Rihtarić, Alida Bubanko-Ralić – Air France KLM Croatia, Sanja Pangracije and Alida Bolarić – Work & Travel Sunčana Vura, Vlado Šestan – TravelAdvisor, Nina Čerkez – Advisor, US Commercial Service According to the eVisitor system, in the first 11 months of last year, 578 thousand arrivals and 1.6 million overnight stays were made from the US market, which is an increase of 23 percent in arrivals and 18 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. Top destinations for American tourists by overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Hvar and Rovinj. Related news: On the occasion of the workshop, the first direct flight to the USA, Philadelphia-Dubrovnik, was announced, the first of its kind since the independence of the Croatian state, which will start in June this year. ”A direct flight between the US and Croatia sends a strong, positive message to the tourism sector. I hope that all direct flights this summer will be full and that they will lead to the introduction of new direct flights, creating additional tourist and business trips.”Said the US Ambassador to Croatia, W. Robert Kohorst. FROM 2019 DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM DUBROVNIK TO THE USA VUSA Croatia’s performance at PLACE2GO this year was attended by National Geographic Croatia magazine, ski destinations Aspen and Vail presented by TravelAdvisor, as a tour operator Mondo Travel, Sunčana Vura – Work & Travel, Air France KLM as currently the most affordable airline for many destinations in the USA . W. Robert Kohorst, US Ambassador to Croatia: A direct flight between the US and Croatia sends a strong, positive message to the tourism sector This flight is only a seasonal type, and VisitUSA Croatia is working on establishing a permanent air connection between Croatia and the USA, primarily on the Zagreb-New York route, because only this line will significantly encourage travel from Croatia to the USA. “At the moment, we have the announcement of an immediate year-round airline that would connect the United States and Croatia, and this will only happen. We are optimistic about this project and if a larger number of partners with the same vision gather around this idea. Croatia is definitely a regional tourist superpower and we must use this circumstance to impose ourselves as a leader in the outgoing offer with a regional origin in Croatia. The first B2B workshop of VisitUSA Croatia under the auspices of BRAND USA seems like a small step in that direction, but all travelers know that even the longest journey begins with the first step”Concluded Goran Rihtarić, Executive Chairman of the Board of VisitUSA Croatia. For the first time, Croatia is in the plan of activities of the umbrella tourist organization of the USA – BRAND USA, and for the first time in Croatia, a business workshop VisitUSA Croatia was held. EUROPEAN UNION INTRODUCES VISAS FOR THE EUROPEAN SCHENGEN AREA – ETIAS / US citizens traveling to one of the European Union countries will need to have a visa
…Gold Board projects 651,000oz exportation for 2019The Guyana Gold Board (GGB) has projected that for 2019, declarations and exportations are to be pegged at 651,000 ounces.This estimation was established in retrospect to the outcome from 2018, which turned out to be an “encouraging year” for the organisation.According to the Gold Board, plans are on stream to manage and enhance existing emission control mechanisms, obtain a permanent operation base and fulfilling the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force and National Risk Assessment Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism standards and reduce legacy deficit on the Bank of Guyana and the Finance Ministry.Pending capital projects are also expected to be completed during the next 12 months as well as continued training for staffers of the facility, the entity said.As of December 31, 2018, total declarations from all sources amount to 613,073oz, which was 6.22 per cent lower than the figures from 2017. Additionally, the foreign exchange value of exports processed on behalf of dealers and the GGB came to US$443,961,666.According to the Board, factors which led to the marginal differences between the two years were as a result of inclement weather, impassable roads, and depressed metal prices in the first three quarters of 2018. In the last quarter, there was some “strength” generated by dealers which increased the projection score.While the Gold Board had blamed inclement weather, impassable roads, and depressed metal prices as a for decline, Finance Minister Winston Jordan in August 2018 revealed in the Finance Ministry’s Mid-Year Report 2018, which was laid in Parliament, admitted that the gold sector also suffered a decline of 9.1 per cent for the first half of the year.This is equivalent to a decrease of 288,114 ounces in gold declaration. The report also revealed that this represented a 19.4 per cent shortfall (below the original projection set by Government).The Minister in his report also noted that there are a number of downside economic and fiscal risks to the economy, both domestic and external, which can frustrate the achievement of the various revised targets.Meanwhile, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman acknowledged licensed dealers – Mohammed’s Enterprise and El Dorado Trading – who placed first and second respectively in the total declarations and gold export.Following these entities were contributions from Pure Diamond, Dinar, Excel, Adamantium Metals, Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) Property Holdings Incorporated and Gold Bar Development.